A draft New York Senate Bill called Evan’s law aims to cut down on distracted driving by forcing you to turn over your phones after an accident for “field testing.” But the bill, which sounds good in principle, still leaves a lot of questions unanswered. Senate Bill S6325A, sponsored by New York State Senator Terrence Murphy, proposes requiring citizens to hand over their mobile phones and electronic devices after an accident for “field testing,” so that authorities can decide whether phone activity like texting and talking was a contributing factor in the crash. The logic here is that texting and driving can impair a driver to a similar extent as having a 0.08 blood alcohol content. Thus, the state wants to treat handing over your cell phone for testing similar to having to take a breathalyzer test. It’s called “implied consent.” Right now New York says it’s having some serious issues enforcing its “no texting and driving” laws, stating that it’s “impossible to discern whether the operator of a motor vehicle was in fact using his or her cell phone immediately prior to or at the time of the collision.” The new law would allow officers to use an “electronic… Read full this story
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